CBD and Seizures: Risks, Benefits, and Treatment Options

seizures AND CBD

CBD and Seizures

Newly compiled evidence gathered from early research studies, small trial groups, and personal stories suggests cannabidiol was effective in reducing frequency and severity of seizures in both children and adults.

Setting Treatment Plans

According to The Epilepsy Foundation, a good health plan should include physician directed care which explores and advocates for all potential treatment options for epilepsy.

Risks

The major risk associated with seizure treatment happens when a person discontinues current anti-epileptic drug therapies. It is important for epileptic sufferers to speak with health care providers about making dietary or treatment changes to existing treatment plans.

 What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a major ingredient of the plant which does not cause psychoactive effects. Those concerned with the “high” of THC should experiment with CBD-only oils and tinctures, while understanding that they may not gain full benefits from a limited extract.

How CBD Works

CBD works to regulate the central nervous system and other bodily functions play a critical role in controlling spontaneous seizures in epilepsy.

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Search the web for CNN’s coverage of Charlotte’s Story. Charlottes Web is a CBD strain made specifically for a little girl with epilepsy. She was getting so much brain damage from the seizures. Pharma drugs were making her do strange things. She lost the ability to walk, talk, and eat. Her parents discovered medical marijuana and CBD.  To stop the seizures, they report using three to four milligrams of oil per pound of the girl’s body weight.

Dosing
Specific dosages vary from individual to individual. It might be good to try different dosages which may be appropriate until you find the right product. Im Bue Botanicals suggests starting with 5mg per day to start feeling a difference. Some with stronger needs (such as  epilepsy in this case) may need to start at 5mg and go higher in dosage until they find the right amount for them.

Some people turn to tinctures by applying two droppers full under the tongue. Also topical medication may be applied in areas around pulse points such as wrist or bottom of the feet. Skin absorbs very quickly so this can offer solution for the onset of a seizure. Capsules are another option for those that do not like the taste of tinctures.

“An appropriately high dosage of CBD will give you all the desired effects needed, and there is really no risk of overdose as CBD is harmless even in high concentrations,” Tru Infusion.

To treat epilepsy, 200-300 milligrams of CBD has been taken by mouth daily for up to 4.5 months. – Mayo Clinic 2014

People with different requirements and different metabolisms will need to adjust dosages to experience the positive effects of CBD. While it is rare to take “too much CBD,” you can in fact take a very small amount and still feel a difference. Keeping a journal could be beneficial to those who want to track progress and report back to health care providers.

 What is Epilepsy?

Epileptic seizures are caused by misfiring or abnormal signals occurring among brain cells. Convulsions sometimes can alter senses, causing the sufferer to lose consciousness. The spasms can last seconds to several minutes.

Dravet Syndrome

Dravet Syndrome is a rare and severe form of epilepsy that begins in infancy. Constant care is required for someone suffering from Dravet syndrome which can severely impact the patient’s and the caretaker’s quality of life. Patients with Dravet syndrome face a 15-20% mortality rate due to sudden unexpected death, prolonged seizures, and seizure-related accidents.  Ia a recent study, 13% of those with Dravet Syndrome epilepsy became seizure-free with a help of CBD treatment.

Patients and families rely on research to seek a better quality of life for their loved ones.

Resources

American Epilepsy Foundation

Mayo Clinic

Tru Infusion Kitchens

Cycling Frog

Synergy CBD

Urban Farmacy PRC

CNN – Charlotte’s story

 

 

 

 

 

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